Festival of Trees donation to PECMHF

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The board and staff of the Prince Edward County Memorial Hospital Foundation extend a heartfelt thank you to the people who bid on the beautifully decorated trees, purchased baked goods, bucket draw tickets and items from the Second Time Around Shop Boutique at the 2017 Festival of Trees (FOT). The participation from patrons helped the Prince Edward County Memorial Hospital Auxiliary raise $40,000 for the purchase of an Endo Works picture archive system for Prince Edward County Memorial Hospital (PECMH).

Today, Foundation representatives were thrilled when members of the Auxiliary topped up that $40,000 to $50,000 toward this vital piece of equipment. PECMH is the low-risk endoscopy centre for Quinte Health Care. In order to continue to provide cancer screening services, PECMH is required by Cancer Care Ontario to install a picture archive system.

The Endo Works picture archive captures, stores and shares images of specific regions of the body taken during screening procedures. Those images are used to verify diagnoses. The purchase of this piece of equipment will allow PECMH to continue to provide endoscopic screening services to over 3,000 patients each year.

The $50,000 presented today by the Auxiliary will help offset the archive’s $101,890 purchase price.

Penny Rolinski, executive director of the Foundation reports fundraising for the Picture of Health Campaign is now in the home stretch as the organization is close to meeting its $250K goal. The Foundation was charged with raising a total of $319,000 this year, which included fundraising for the regional MRI upgrade. Rolinski hopes to announce in the coming weeks the successful close of the campaign and thanks our generous community for stepping up and supporting great care at Prince Edward County Memorial Hospital through gifts to the Picture of Health and Re-Imagine Campaigns.

The Picture of Health Campaign focuses on securing medical equipment for most of the departments at PECMH. Efforts centre on replacing one colonoscope and two gastroscopes for the Endoscopy Department as well as fundraising for a the picture archiving system. The Emergency Department requires a monitor upgrade to the telemetry (heart monitoring) unit and a defibrillator is needed for the inpatient unit.

On hand to present the gift to the Foundation were Auxiliary volunteers from left at back, Art Hewer, vice president of the Auxiliary, Sue Law, Foundation board member, Penny Rolinski, executive director of the Foundation, Bev Thompson, FOT committee member and Jack Starkey, chairperson for the Festival of Trees. From left at front, Fran Donaldson, vice chair of the Foundation and Cathy Starkey with the Festival of Trees committee. Photo: Briar Boyce

The Foundation sincerely appreciates the Auxiliary’s ongoing and ambitious efforts to raise funds for much needed medical equipment for the County’s hospital.